News – April 24, 2016

Fire Destroys Juneau Equipment Shed


4/24/16 – Fire destroyed an equipment shed near Juneau Saturday night. The Beaver Dam Fire Department responded to W7334 County Road S at 6:46pm to reports of a structure fire.  Chief Alan Mannel says the 50-foot-by-110-foot shed was fully involved when crews arrived on scene. The shed contained a tractor, several other farm implements and a motorhome. The motorhome was saved. The shed was a total loss, estimated at $75-thousand dollars. The cause of the blaze is believed to be a nearby wood burning stove. The shed and equipment is owned by Delmer Schoppe. There were no injuries. Beaver Dam firefighters were assisted on the scene by the Juneau, Burnette, Lowell, and Reeseville fire departments. An engine from Hustisford and an ambulance from Watertown covered the city while Beaver Dam was busy with the fire. The scene was cleared after approximately 90 minutes.


West Bend City Administrator Accused Of Child Enticement


4/24/16 – The 49-year-old city administrator for West Bend faces two felony charges of child enticement and soliciting a child for prostitution.  Thomas Justice could get up to 50 years in prison if convicted.  Investigators say he offered an underage girl hundreds of dollars to have sex with him.  Justice and the teenager began texting last year.  When her mother found out, she turned the phone over to the Muskego police and a detective kept conversing with the city official — until Justice was finally arrested at a Dairy Queen late last week.


Suspect Connected To Fond du Lac Murder Has Bond Modified


4/24/16 – If a Fond du Lac woman suspected of helping her sister dispose of the body of a murder victim wants to post bond and go on a requested vacation she will have to meet certain conditions. Fond du Lac County Judge Robert Wirtz ruled Friday Tina Ewell will have to pay for $1,500 of the $5,000 cash bond with her onw money and will have to surrender her passport. Ewell is suspected of helping her sister Eve Nance dispose of the body of Nance’s husband Tim after Nance killed him in November of 2013.


Railroad Trespassing Illegal, Deadly


4/24/16 – Trespassing on railroad property is not only illegal, it’s potentially deadly. Of the 11 people who died in rail-related crashes in Wisconsin last year, eight were trespassers according to data from the Federal Railroad Administration. Rail yards and tracks are privately-owned, meaning trespassers can be fined. But trespassers—including people posing for photographs along rail lines, fishing from rail bridges or taking an ill-advised shortcut are putting their lives in danger. Trains can appear suddenly at any time of day, and rail cars may be rolling silently across rail yards and switching stations. Distractions like cell phones and music players enhance the risks. According to the FRA, of the 792 rail-related fatalities in the U.S. last year, 61 percent were trespassers.


Vehicle Sales Up Slightly In Dodge County


4/24/16 – Year-to-date vehicle sales in Dodge County are up slightly from 2015.  According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm Regtrak, 810 vehicles were sold in the first three months of 2016, a 1.9-percent increase from the same time last year.  Truck sales have increased by 5.4-percent while car sales dropped off by 8.3-percent.  The 348 vehicles that rolled off Dodge County lots last month were 49 more than March 2015 for an increase of 16.4-percent.  The year-to-date numbers look a lot different in a couple neighboring counties.  Columbia County had 68 fewer vehicles sold in the first three months of this year compared to last year, an 11.8-percent decrease.  Jefferson County saw 60 fewer vehicles roll off the lots, a drop off of 8.9-percent from the first three months of 2015.  In the nine-county south-central Wisconsin region, year-to-date vehicle sales are down 2.8-percent from the first three months of 2015.  Truck sales are up 1.3-percent while car sales are down 10.6-percent.


Area School District’s Receiving More In Library Aid


4/24/16 – Area school districts will receive more library aid dollars than they did a year ago.  The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction announced this week that districts throughout the state will share $37.7-million dollars in funds.  That is up over $2-million dollars from the 2015 total.  Each district’s total is based on the number of children they have ages four through 20, which comes out to nearly $32 per child.  Watertown will get the most money in our listening area with $193-thousand dollars.  Beaver Dam is not far behind at $166-thousand.  Waupun will see $77-thousand, Markesan $62-thousand, Columbus $56-thousand, Mayville $53-thousand, Horicon $39-thousand.  Dodgeland and Waterloo will each get $36-thousand dollars.  Randolph will see $26-thousand, Fall River $19-thousand, and Cambria-Friesland $15-thousand.


Pitch, Hit and Run Right Around The Corner


4/24/16 – A local event for young baseball and softball players is just over a week away.  This year’s Pitch, Hit, and Run in Beaver Dam is May 2.  Kids will compete in all three fundamental areas and try to collect the highest possible score.  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Event Organizer Rachel Ward explained the scoring system.  She says participants will throw six pitches at a designated target, have three swings at the plate, and run from second base to home plate.  For batting, the hit that travels the farthest will be the one that is counted.  The top qualifiers from the four age groups will move on to the May 14 sectional round in Whitewater.  Kids have the chance to progress all the way to the national final, which will be held at San Diego’s Petco Park in conjunction with July’s MLB All-Star Game.  Registration on May 2 will start at 5 pm, and the event should get underway between 5:30-6 pm at the Beaver Dam Athletic Field.  Pre-registration can be completed online at  Forms are also available at the radio station office at 100 Stoddart Street.


Beaver Dam Police Announce Bike Auction


4/24/16 – The Beaver Dam Police Department is holding its annual bike auction next month.  Bicycles that have been collected over the last year and could not be returned to their owner will be sold.  When a missing bike is recovered, it needs to have been licensed for police to return it to its owner.  People can register their bikes at the auction.  The event will start at 10 am on Saturday, May 14 in the Department of Public Works garage.


BDCH Seeking Student Volunteers


4/24/16 – The Beaver Dam Community Hospital is looking for student volunteers.  The summer student volunteer session runs from June 20 through August 26 and requires a 30-hour commitment.  Volunteers with BDCH’s Hillside Manor, Eagle’s Wings, and Remembrance Home will help residents with a variety of projects and activities.  The Kid’s Care program allows students to work with a children’s day camp.  Other opportunities are also available.  Volunteers must be at least 15 or 16 years old, depending on the program.  To volunteer, students should set up an interview by May 4.  The number to call is 920-887-5988.


Walker To Review Democrats Proposal On CWD


4/24/16 – The governor’s office says Scott Walker will review proposals from two state Assembly Democrats to control chronic wasting disease in the state’s deer herd. Nick Milroy of South Range and Chris Danou of Trempealeau first sounded the alarm last week, after learning that more than nine percent of the deer that were tested in 2015 had the fatal brain disease. Milroy and Danou met with a top Walker aide last week. Among other things, they proposed double fences at deer farms, so infected deer don’t escape and spread C-W-D to animals in the wild. They also suggested a possible ban on lures that may contain the prions that cause chronic wasting disease — and they want Republicans to bring back the D-N-R’s science service employees whose jobs were eliminated in the current state budget.


Head Of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Steps Down


4/24/16 – The man in charge of promoting Wisconsin milk products has stepped down after 15 years. In an unexpected move, James Robson told the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board this past week he would leave immediately — and he did not give a reason.  Board attorney Brad Hoeschen tells the Wisconsin Ag Connection that Robson was not asked to leave, and it was his own decision to do so. Board chair Connie Seefeldt says Robson made what she called a “remarkable contribution” to revitalizing Wisconsin’s dairy brand since joining the agency in 2001.


WWII Purple Heart Returned In Weekend Ceremony


4/24/16 – A long lost World War Two Purple Heart was returned during a ceremony in Fond du Lac Saturday. The medal was returned to the family of Private First Class Woodrow Wilson Grubb who lost his life during the Pacific campaign in 1944. During the ceremony at the Fond du Lac American Legion Post the medal was given to Grubb’s niece Phyllis Grubb England who lives in the Fond du Lac area. Purple Hearts Reunited sponsored the presentation.